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THE DIVIDE BY JOLINA PETERSHEIM REVIEWED

THE DIVIDE
By Jolina Petersheim
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4967-2144-9
377 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.

An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape.

REVIEW: Moses doesn’t know if he’s ever going to see this woman who’s captured his heart again. He realizes his attraction to Leora is sweet and protective but fragile; with the EMP and people’s reaction to it have turned the whole world upside-down. He encourages her to go find a safe place with her Old-Order Mennonite family.

“You never know how hard something’s going to be until it’s too late to change your mind,” Moses says as he gets ready to fight the good fight. He’s a likable guy with a deeply troubled past who has stayed behind with a few Englischers to slow down an angry desperate mob, giving the Mennonites time to run for their lives.

Leora is strong and brave, but vulnerable at the same time. She’s gone with her family and people to start over. It’s been a little while (few months) no word. Surely, he survived. Would she ever see Moses again? Why didn’t he come for her? Leora finds herself being pulled between two worlds, Moses’ and the family she loves and is desperate to protect. But she can’t live another day without knowing what’s happened to Moses.

I like how the author gives readers a chance to walk in these characters shoes and think about how they’d react given the same scenario. I liked that the story was written from alternating first person point of views that were clearly marked so you knew who was who. It gave a wider perspective on the crisis.

Readers see the collapse of society and how crazy things and people can get when desperate people do desperate things to survive. The intensity and strength of the story are seen through a variety of believable edgy characters this author has created, which adds to this heartfelt, devastating situation mix in the suspense and drama and you’ll find yourself up reading into the wee hours of the morning.

The Alliance left readers wondering what happened to the Mennonites, Moses, Leora, and the crazy mob. What did the world look like after everyone realized this was their new normal? This sequel shows readers a possible hair-raising scenario about what might be. This story is filled with hope, faith, courage and love. If you like a good Christian romantic suspense story or compelling Amish fiction you’ll enjoy every page of this story that has a satisfying ending.


ABOUT AUTHOR: Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. Her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications such as Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, and Today's Christian Woman. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live on a solar-powered farm in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin with their young daughters. Follow Jolina and her blog at jolinapetersheim.com. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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